The two defeats against Amsterdam put Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group C under pressure. In Lisbon, BVB is therefore expecting a final on November 24th to make it to the round of 16.
Axel Witsel claps with Manuel Akanji.
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After BVB’s 3-1 defeat against Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday evening, and with a view to the upcoming Champions League game in Lisbon, Marco Rose didn’t talk about it for long: “We have six points, Lisbon has six points. The direct duel decides . That is why it is the most important game for the group constellation to have things in their own hands, “said the Dortmund coach, who will have to compete with his team at Sporting on November 24th.
BVB won the first leg against Lisbon 1-0 in Dortmund, so Dortmund should get a draw at Sporting, so that on the last day of the match, when BVB plays against Besiktas at home, they don’t have to rely on the help of the already qualified Amsterdam players in the long-distance duel be.
Because at the end of the group stage, a direct comparison between Dortmund and Lisbon could determine which team, next to Ajax, will make it to the round of 16 and which will be relegated to the Europa League. Since UEFA abolished the away goals rule before the season started, a 2-1 defeat (or any other defeat with a goal difference other than 0-1) at Sporting would no longer be enough for BVB to win the head-to-head comparison. Instead, after the points, the goal difference and the goals scored in the direct duels, the goal difference comes into play in all group games – and with 4: 8 goals after four matchdays, BVB is currently clearly behind Lisbon (9: 7).
In the event of a draw in Lisbon, BVB should not score fewer points against Istanbul on the last day of the match than Sporting against Ajax at the same time. In the event of a Dortmund victory in Lisbon, BVB can no longer take second place before the last match day.